シェイクスピア・ソネット鑑賞短歌121: Tanka for Shakespeare 121

中湖 康太

我悪しく 無きにも悪と 言わるより 真の悪にと なるが本望

Tis better to be vile than esteemed, When not to be receives reproach of being;

我が行為 腐った奴らに 測れぬも 悪も本望 悪が道なら

By their rank thougths my deeds must not be shown; Unless this general evil they maintain – All men are bad, and in their badness reign.

Tanka made, and the sonnet abridged by Kota Nakako

March 6, 2018

121
‘Tis better to be vile than esteemed,
When not to be receives reproach of being;
And the just pleasure lost, which is so deemed
Not by our feeling, but by others’ seeing:
For why should others’ false adulterate eyes
Give salutation to my sportive blood?
Or on my frailties why are frailer spies,
Which in their wills count bad what I think good?
No, I am that I am; and they that level
At my abuses reckon up their own:
I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel;
By their rank thoughts my deeds must not be shown;
  Unless this general evil they maintain –
  All men are bad, and in their badness reign.

By William Shakespeare

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